Islam Under Scrutiny by Ex-Muslims

A Muslim’s Way Out of Islam


From Frontpage Magazine on March 03, 2008:

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Hossain Salahuddin, a poet, essayist and an ex-Muslim who is the author of several books. He is the editor of the magazine Maverick, which promotes literature, freethinking and rationalism.

FP: Hossain Salahuddin, welcome to FrontPage interview.

HS: Thanks very much for having me. It’s a real pleasure to be here.

FP: Tell us about your childhood and your upbringing within Islam.

HS: I was born in 1984, into a Muslim family in Bangladesh . My family was rather orthodox and they made sure I learn the Quran properly even before they enrolled me in a school. I had a home tutor Mullah, who taught me reciting Quran in Arabic- and I was actually good at it. I remember completing the whole Arabic Quran three times before I turned 12 without even understanding a word of it. If I try to remember, I can feel that it was pretty suffocating with all sorts of do’s and don’t. You can’t do this, you can’t do that, and there was that constant reminder- “You are a Muslim, you should act like one.”

So, yeah, my childhood was not something that I am really proud of. There were all sorts of religious restraints around my neck and that actually affected my relationship with my family members. But, I should say I was still a believer back then; only there was a slight discomfort in me with the practicing form of Islam. I admit that I had a rather troubled childhood but I didn’t turn into a rebel just yet.

FP: What caused your second thought and your ultimate abandoning of Islam?

HS: Well, when I was around 13 or 14, I developed a great interest in creative writing, especially in poetry and I started to spend a lot of time reading books and writing poetry. I remember borrowing up to ten books at a time and reading them in a row. History, Science, Philosophy, Religion, Literature name it, all sorts of books. It was a fascinating time I can tell you that. I guess I was mentally a bit matured than my actual age, and I really cherish that part of my life as a period of illumination.

I think books taught me to think and judge things rationally, to escape from the world of prejudice and irrational beliefs. Books were my true liberator, it’s the best companion I ever had. But, it wasn’t always fun. My family didn’t take it lightly as they were noticing some change in me and also my teachers at school. In fact it was the teachers who gave me all sorts of trouble. Unfortunately, most of my teachers were very orthodox Muslims and they didn’t like my writings. They even banned my writings from the school magazine which really upset me given that I was probably the only student who could write creative things. And they were constantly reminding me that Islam doesn’t approve poetry, music, painting, mixing with non-Muslims or reading texts of other religion and it really confused me.

There was only one way to find out: by reading Quran and Hadith in my mother tongue. I read the Quran over and over again and couldn’t believe what I was reading. I started to mark the questionable verses and wrote comments beside them. I wondered, are these versus full of hate being spread and preached everyday in all corners of my town? I was completely dumbstruck. Initially, I thought it was the translation that was to be blamed. But I collected many different translations of the Quran and very reputed Islamic scholars translated some of them. You can say I was really shocked and I spent almost two years of my year 9 and 10 searching for answers.

At year 10, my first book of poems was published and by year 11, I was convinced that Islam itself was a very violent belief. By reading the Quran or any other Islamic text in your mother tongue, there can be two effects on you: you could either turn into a violent, brainwashed Muslim ready to eliminate anything that opposes you, or you could abandon Islam altogether and become a free man. I choose the latter path and at a very young age.

FP: Did you face the threat of violence for leaving Islam? Are you still in danger today?

HS: Well, leaving Islam was not an instant decision; it was rather a gradual process. I think by the time I reached 12, I consciously abandoned Islam altogether. And some of my closest friends knew about my views on Islam. I think some of them were really shocked. So, leaving Islam was a private matter at the beginning, I didn’t share it with lot of people initially.

Obviously there was the fear of making a majority of Muslims upset. So, what I did was, I started to question a lot to spread my message. I learned it from the life of Socrates, that’s what he used to do, and it can be very effective sometimes. I started to question Islamic beliefs and traditions in a lot in my writing and that put me in trouble. Although I had some like-minded friends and we used to call ourselves Freethinkers, I made some nasty enemies as well and I was aware that they were watching my every step. But, you know I was young and careless—so I kept going.

Finally, the waiting game was over and they physically attacked me one night- I was very lucky to escape only with some sharp cuts and bruises. After that incident I slowed down a bit, stopped going outside and tried to concentrate on writing at home. I think it was in 2002, when an Islamist organization published a book and declared me a Nastik-Murtad or “Apostate-Infidel”. So, I didn’t really have to declare leaving Islam publicly, they did the honor for me.

After that I decided to leave the country and in 2003 I came to Australia as a student. And if you are asking whether I am still in danger today, well all I can say is that I never underestimate their reach. It’s not just me, anyone who is non-Muslim, or a born-Muslim who doesn’t care about Islam much -- anyone who is different from them is in danger today and it’s the sad reality.


FP: What are your thoughts on Arab imperialism and Islamic colonialism? And how does a non-Arab convert’s mind work in this context?

HS: What always struck me the most was that Islam is another form of Arab colonialism in disguise. In South-east Asia you will see people constantly cry about the British Colonialism and how they are still a victim of it. However, no one ever talks about the Arab colonialism which is very active in every single non-Arab Muslim country. Islam is in its origin an Arab religion, and it is not a religion of conscience, private belief or spirituality; it is very political and imperial. Its holy places are in Arab lands, its sacred language is Arabic, and its historical figures are all native Arab. So what happens to a non-Arab convert’s mind is very interesting.

A convert starts to dislike his own culture as non-Islamic and he becomes fascinated by the Arab influence and wants to be a part of the Arab story; ironically, he starts to praise the Arab Warrior who conquered his land. And to do that the first thing he does is to turn away from everything that is ethnically his and he lives in a world of fundamentalist fantasy to purify his non-Islamic culture.

You can see this neurosis and nihilism in the mindset of converts and you can say it is an incurable mental disease which has been affecting them and disturbing the societies for thousands of years. Arab colonialism is both political and cultural and I think it is the longest surviving form of colonialism. You see it is now a fashion to blame European Imperialism and colonialism, west and Israel in general - for every ill in this planet; Muslims are never ashamed to join this blame game. But, when it comes to Arab imperialism or Islamic colonialism, Muslims feel proud and they admire the warriors who once came from the Arab world and conquered their forefathers’ land.

This way, Islamic colonialism and Arab imperialism together have conquered and destroyed many advanced and ancient civilizations and brought catastrophic changes in the cultures of the conquered lands. You can say Arabs were the most successful imperialists of all time, because the faithful converts love to be conquered by the legendary “Holy Warriors” of the “ Holy land ” – it is some sort of salvation for the converts.

FP: Your interpretation of Islam’s holy war?

HS: Islam has always been associated with political expansion and that’s where Jihad or holy war comes into affect. Quran and Hadith repeatedly say that nothing is greater, so far as goodness goes, than Jihad in the name of Allah. Some apologists will try to tell you that Islam is a religion of peace, Jihad is allegorical, and it does not mean violence etc. But the bloody history of Islam tells us a very different story. And the Quran is actually supposed to be taken literally. Muhammad repeatedly said that the Quran is not poetry or allegory; it is the clear voice of Allah himself so that everyone can understand and take it seriously; it is actually blasphemous even to think the Quran as an allegory.

In Hadith, the collection of traditions, Muhammad asked his followers to stop any un-Islamic practice by force many times. As a religion, Islam has a long tradition of deep rooted hatred towards unbelievers. In the Quran, Allah repeatedly commanded Muslims to engage in Holy war and promised unlimited reward in the afterlife if one becomes a martyr in the war for the glory of Allah.

If you ask a Turkish Sufi Dervish who does that beautiful swirling dance, you won’t get the literal picture of Islam. You will rather get a pleasant humanitarian view of the Mystic Sufi philosophy. But, unfortunately, Mainstream Islam considers Sufis heretics and they were regularly persecuted by orthodox Muslims throughout history.

To find out the true meaning of Jihad, you have to look at the life of Muhammad, his companions and the later rulers and thinkers of Islam. You will get an extremely violent picture. Even Muhammad’s immediate successors used the term Jihad to refer to the conquest of new territory, so I don’t see much scope for misunderstanding here.

No matter what apologists try to tell you about the meaning of Jihad, to most Muslims it simply means Expansion of Allah’s Kingdom in the command of Allah himself. If they die in the pursuit they are a martyr or Sahid, someone who is guaranteed by Allah to go to heaven straightway without facing the trial in the judgment day.

Islamic scholars like Taqi al din ibn Taymiyyah, Mohammad ibn abdul Wahhab, Sayyid Qutb, Abdullah Mawdudi, Hasan al Turabi have a lot to answer for in this matter. Modern Jihadists frequently cite these scholars as their source of inspiration. They argued that Muslims are in a cosmic battle against the force of darkness. These forces of darkness should not be tolerated, and although Allah is ultimately responsible for the destruction of darkness, Muslims are required to fight it. That’s why as of today no famous Muslim cleric or Muslim country condemned terrorism. You see, almost everything of the western way of life contradicts Islamic belief - the West automatically becomes the target, hence, Islamic scholars divided the whole world into two different spheres: Islamic World or Land of Peace and Un-Islamic World or Land of warfare.

FP: So Islamic terrorists are not misinterpreting Islam?

HS: No, terrorists are not misinterpreting Islam; in fact they are interpreting Islam very correctly. Theologically, it is a Muslim’s holy duty to fight until the whole world turns to one Allah because there can not be any other God. Allah is pretty autocratic among the Gods and he doesn’t like to co-exist with any other deity. It sounds funny but its true; how many Muslim countries practice democracy? Liberalism, individual privacy and freedom, freedom of speech and freedom of belief - all of this and any other component of modernity you can think of directly contradicts Islamic belief.

No matter what apologists say, “Islam” and “freedom” are two opposite words with opposite meanings. You see, unlike Christianity and Buddhism Islam is not a personal religion; Islam is very practical, social, highly political, and unspiritual and its goal is to win the world empire. Islam penetrates even very personal aspects of human life and dictates. Islamic law or Sharia is considered divine legislation and it dictates every single aspects of human life, from using toothpicks to how to perform sex; from slaughtering animals to what verse you should recite when you are in a toilet etc. Anything you can think of.

FP: What are your views on Muhammad and his worshippers?

HS: To me, Muhammad is undoubtedly one of the most influential characters of human history in the sense that billions of Muslims are still ready to die for him, and it is unique given the extent of his influence. However, one of Muhammad’s few likable characteristics was that he never claimed himself to be perfect although billions of Muslims think so today.

I think Muhammad was always aware of his human shortcomings and he did everything to ensure that he is not worshipped instead of God. But, to Muslims Muhammad is sinless, the most perfect and greatest man who ever lived in this planet, and he is even the greatest of all prophets. Every Muslim worships Muhammad, knowingly or unknowingly and reacts with unprecedented violence if he is defamed by a cartoonist or a novelists or anyone in that matter.

However, if you follow Muhammad biography recorded by famous Muslim scholars such as Bukhari, Ibn Ishaq, Al tabari you will find many incidences of Muhammad being far from a perfect, sinless man. His cruelty towards Jews, Meccan Pagans and his rivals is well recorded by Muslim historians. He massacred three entire Jewish tribes - Banu Nadir, Banu Qurayaza and Banu Qaynuqa; killed the prince of Khaibar and made his wife captive to his tent: there are numerous examples; you just have to read the Muslim biographers in any translation you wish.

Apologists of Islam will try to justify these actions with there hollow logics; but if you are a prophet you should have a better moral outlook than the average human. Muhammad married 12 or 13 times -- which contradicts his own preaching of a maximum four marriages, but what I find most disturbing is, Muhammad married his closest friend Abubakkar’s 6 year old daughter Ayesha. Now if you do that in a modern civilized world, you will be disgraced as a pedophile and spend the rest of your life in prison.

In another disturbing incident, Muhammad was attracted to his adopted son’s wife Zayanab and later even married her. As a leader, he failed to announce his successor which led to the bloody Shia-Sunni division in Islam and you see the second, third and fourth Caliphs of Islam all were assassinated as a result of this power struggle. These are just a few of the incidents of a very eventful life of a very influential man. But, as far as I am concerned, Muhammad was no saint. No doubt he is extremely influential, but I don’t see a perfect-sinless man in him as Muslims try to idolize.

FP: Let’s talk a bit more about Islam as a totalitarian belief system – as you discussed earlier.

HS: As I said earlier, Islam is in a cosmic battle against the un-Islamic world. I think - apart from the mystical Sufi sects, who are mostly branded as heretics by mainstream Muslims - the rest of the Islamic world and its belief systems are undoubtedly totalitarian in nature.

You see, followers of no other religion try to create international associations of nation-states that are based on religion. Only Muslims do and they call it ummah or followers of Muhammad, very similar with socialists and communist revolutionaries.

In personal label, Islam tries to penetrate every phase of life; the sole purpose of Sharia law is to control religious, social and political life of mankind in all of its aspects. Jihad and Sharia are two ultimate tools of Islam’s control mechanism. Muhammad’s life reflects the very nature of a totalitarian system. There was no separation of church and state; not just a prophet Muhammad performed as a statesman, lawmaker, judge, community leader and in many other roles.

So, you can clearly see the beginning was totalitarian in nature. Muslims are required to follow the Quran, the Hadith (deeds and words of Muhammad) and the verdict of Islamic scholars in case the answer is not found in the scriptures. Interestingly, while all other law is human and constantly evolving, Sharia is divine and immutable - human intelligence cannot criticize it, it must be accepted without any doubts and questions.

So, you can see a very tightly controlled society here without any hope of individual freedom. Sharia contains all sorts of crazy principles, such as, intolerance towards pagans and Jews, inequality between man and woman, religious, social and financial restrictions for non-Muslims citizens, acceptance of slavery and polygamy, barbaric punishments like chopping hands and feats from opposite sides to pulling out eyes and beheading -- all sorts of things.

These laws were handed down over a thousand year ago and they didn’t evolve since then. Clearly Sharia is out of touch and not compatible in our twenty-first century. In the last thousand years we have progressed a lot, but the Islamic law and its worldview is stuck in the medieval desert, for generations Muslims are stuck with it as well and they need rescue. No surprise, there is hardly any intellectual progress in Muslim societies. How can there be progress if they regard the Quran as eternal truth and the final solution for all the problems? Progress requires change, Islam is unchangeable. This is why Islam is not just a religion, it is a totalitarian belief system and Muslims are the first victims of it -- but very few of them realize that.

FP: How about those Muslim reformers who are trying to bring Islam into the democratic and modern world? Is there any hope for their efforts? If they asked you for help, what advice would you give them?

HS: Look, I don’t think you can be a Muslim and a reformer at the same time; it’s a paradox and contradictory in terms. Islam forbids reformation, and Muslims feel proud boasting that unlike the Bible, the Quran didn’t go through different editions and versions; it is pure, holy and untouched.

Muhammad insisted throughout his life that the Quran is the literal word of God - the truth once and for all, that’s it. So how can you bring reformation and remain a true Muslim? That’s a puzzling contradiction and I think it is misleading too. These reformers will keep telling you that Islam is the religion of peace and real Islam doesn’t approve the actions of the Talibans, Islam has nothing to do with Jihadists etc. You will eventually get tired of that. This denial is pathetic, you don’t have to go that far to see if real Islam has anything to do with these barbaric acts or not. Just read the Quran, Hadith, Sharia - Islamic texts and they are everywhere. That’s why it is so important to permit debate and criticism about Islam across the globe. Honest and sharp intellectual engagement is very crucial to create a democratic and modern nation.

FP: What advice would you advise to those who want to save western civilization? How best can we fight our enemy in the total war?

HS: London , New York , Sydney - all these big cities have one thing in common: most Muslims go there to improve their economic condition - big cities are like beauty queens- used by all and loved by none.

Most Muslims have already made it very clear that they have no intention of being assimilated into the host society; instead they are repeatedly asking to implement Sharia Law in Canada , UK , and Australia -- as if it is up to the host society to change instead.

To a Muslim mind, Islam is a universal religion and he hopes some day the whole of humanity will embrace Islam. So, there is an element of expansion mentality in them, because Islam is not limited to home and personal relationship. To Muslims, Islam is a complete code of life and society must adhere to that code. So, you see, the world view of Islam is very totalitarian and you have to fight it intellectually, not just militarily. It is also a war of ideologies, we must not forget.

Unfortunately, some western societies continue to turn a blind eye when there is a Muslim-on-Muslim violence: such as, teenagers forced by migrant parents to follow Islamic codes. Some western societies are too politically correct to take any action when a freethinker is attacked for his unbelief, scared of losing the popular Muslim vote or political support. I believe that the West must always adhere to its secular principles and take prompt actions when there is violence against women or somebody is forced to follow Islamic codes. This will send a very clear message to Islamists and potential jihadists. There are an increasing number of Islamic schools in western countries, this is another way to brainwash children at a very early age and isolate them from the mainstream society by implying that We are Muslims, they are Christians; we are different. They eat pig, we don’t; we are different, by forcing girls to wear hijab sends a clear message: we are sacred, they are not, and they are whorelike.

So, it is very dangerous to turn a blind eye in such incidences in the name of promoting multiculturalism. Respect for other cultures, other values is important and a crucial component of secularism and democracy; but, if these other values are here to destroy our own civilization and modernity - then we have fight them vigorously- with reason, argument, criticism, legal and military means if it turns into violence- so that our values of civilization are protected.

Religious belief is fine; but the practices, literal submission to scriptures; religious institutions should not be tolerated. By saying that, a Muslim should have absolute freedom to his personal religion; but if he jumps up and demands the death penalty of a writer or preaches hatred in a community he should be disciplined accordingly by law.

As I said, the West must adhere to its secular principle and defend its democratic right and freedom at all costs and politicians should stop being too politically correct and they should be unapologetic when it comes to defending the core values of civilization.

However, we should remember it is not necessarily a battle between the west and Islam -- as some like to portray it to fulfill there own agenda. As I said before, Jihadists divide the whole world into two spheres - Islamic world and un-Islamic world. I won’t do that. To me, it is the ultimate battle between those who value freedom, peace and humanity and those who do not, and we must triumph at all cost for the sake of our own existence.

FP: Hossain Salahuddin, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview. Thank you for your bravery and your fight for freedom and truth.

HS: It’s an honor. Thanks.


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Name: Ibn Kammuna
Date: Tuesday March 04, 2008
Time: 06:18:42 -0700

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Great and enlightening article. Thank you FP, and I wish Mr. Salahuddin prosperity and success.


Name: Patrick Risk
Date: Tuesday March 04, 2008
Time: 07:32:45 -0700

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I don't think we can over emphasize how crucial it is that the youth of Islam understand their plight. The rebellious nature of the early teenager and young adult can be a very positive thing...With Islam, the rebellion is justified and should be encouraged. Hossain Salauddin provides an excellent example for his peers. Knowledge is the path away from the insanity of Islam. He is proof that you can rid your subconscious of all the bad ideas embedded through lifelong indoctrination. His generation has the power to slow the process down. The next generation will have the power to stop the madness. It will be the greatest accomplishment of the 21st century...Patrick Risk


Name: Ayesha
Date: Tuesday March 04, 2008
Time: 12:56:39 -0700

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Great article. Salahuddin you are an amazing person. At young age of 10 and 11 you had an independant mind and started reading so much.


Name: Ali Khalaf
Date: Tuesday March 04, 2008
Time: 12:58:54 -0700

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Very good article. Salahuddin which are the books you authored?


Name: Aaron Griffiths
Date: Tuesday March 04, 2008
Time: 13:36:25 -0700

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This man speaks the truth 100%. Give him a Knighthood.


Name: SomeOne
Date: Tuesday March 04, 2008
Time: 17:35:49 -0700

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Name: To, Hossain Salahuddin
Date: Wednesday March 05, 2008
Time: 17:03:32 -0700

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Hi Hossain Salahuddin, Thank you for the interview you gave. You are a brave person with a freethinking mindset. You are doing your good work for humanity. Keep it up. All the best. Best regards, Truth Seeker


Name: Terry
Date: Wednesday March 05, 2008
Time: 17:57:17 -0700

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Islamic tradition has it that a non-Muslim cannot sit in judgement over a Muslim. This is why Islamic extremists in their host countries are trying to institute official recognition of Sharia law. This is ridiculous. The West has always welcomed immigrants, and Canada for example, is mainly comprised of such. So why do Muslim extremists bother emigrating to a foreign country where they KNOW they are expected to obey the law, and face the consequences of breaking the law? Do they actually expect a country to have 2 sets of laws? Sharia law for Muslims and secular laws for unbelievers? This is like being a guest in someone's home and rearranging their furniture. Maybe even worse. If they are so comfortable with Sharia law and want it as their way of life, then why didn't they jusy stay in their country of origin?


Name: Saugata Sarkar
Date: Friday March 07, 2008
Time: 11:41:41 -0700

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Though in principle I agree to the views of fredom, peace and humanity expressed in this article, I feel that blunt attacks will further strengthen the jihadists and isolate the liberals within Muslim societies.Reforms must happen from within and cannot be imported by non Muslims. Secular states must exert their influence to encourage liberals, freethinkers and pressurize State sponsored fundamentalism to stop their attacks on liberals. Arab countries or Islamic countries of Asia and Europe should be under the strict watch list of the international bodies like UN and monitor their speed of reforms and protection and liberals and freethinkers within their own countries and strong action against any kind of fundamentalism.Why can't the UN have a special commission on Islamic fundamentalism and reform? The war against terror cannot be fought only on one plane, this has to be a true world war on ideology, on implementation of rules and laws of universal laws of humanity, freedom and natural justice. I believe, USA and the western world and also India, China and Russia must unite to put an end to this scourge of Islamic fundamentalism which is being currently sponsored by the states and kingdom's of the Arab world, right across north Africa upto the Atlantic in the west and upto Pakistan in the east and other Islamic oountries like Bangladesh etc. Actually the regimes of Iran and Iraq can be an ally, because they are predominantly Shia and less of fundamentalist compared to the Sunni world. Pakistan is the greatest exporter of fundmentalism, propelled by their ISI and sponsored by their Army. Rapid economic growth in Pakistan can potentially end fundmantal forces there. However, the USA must be persuaded to put real pressure on their so called friends of the Arab world to reform and change, because light must be brought at the heart of darkness, injustic must be fought at its core, where it all began. The first world war was about end of colomialism, the 2nd world war was about end of fascism (in principle) the 3rd world war has to be against the end of fundamentalism and ultimate victory of the supporters of freedom against the forces of feudalism, and darkness and this war cannot be fought only militarily, it has to be fought diplomatically and strategically and ideologically, uniting the whole world body against this scourge.


Name: Marie
Date: Monday March 10, 2008
Time: 14:55:37 -0700

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Books are the best companions a person can have. They are enlightening.


Name: Re : Marie
Date: Monday March 10, 2008
Time: 17:44:23 -0700

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To Marie....Not necessarily true. Depends on the kind of book. Mein Kampf was "enlightening" to Hitler's supporters but ultimately contributed greatly to Germany's undoing. Similarly, to non-thinking Muslims, their "holy" books, the Koran and Hadith are "enlightening" when Muhammad, an illiterate thieving murdering pedophile misogynist, is presented as God's final prophet. Which books do you think Al-Quaida and other Islamic murdererous thugs look to for inspiration?


Name: Allat
Date: Monday March 10, 2008
Time: 17:52:09 -0700

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Don't be picky to Marie. It's obviously meant in a general way. Don't you have more important subjects?


Name: Greg
Date: Monday March 10, 2008
Time: 18:49:19 -0700

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Good job on your clear thinking. I wonder why many more muslims don't investigate their religion.


Name: Gabrielle
Date: Monday March 10, 2008
Time: 19:03:24 -0700

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Dear Hossein Salahuddin It was great to read of your journey to liberation. Thank you for that. I'm also an Australian. Is there any place in Sydney/Melbourne etc where young Muslims who have questions can meet to talk about these issues? Blessings Gabrielle


Name: Gabrielle
Date: Monday March 10, 2008
Time: 19:03:43 -0700

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Dear Hossein Salahuddin It was great to read of your journey to liberation. Thank you for that. I'm also an Australian. Is there any place in Sydney/Melbourne etc where young Muslims who have questions can meet to talk about these issues? Blessings Gabrielle


Name: Re : Greg
Date: Tuesday March 11, 2008
Time: 13:09:35 -0700

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They don't investigate for a number of reasons. Some are afraid of what they will find despite their gut feeling that something is very wrong, much like a person who has bought something and ignores their instinctive second thoughts and continues to convince himself that all is well. For others it's a matter of blind faith. There are none so blind as those who are in denial. In both cases it is pride run amok. What is fascinating is their reaction to those who point out that something isn't right. They resort to insults instead of examining the evidence.


Name: [email protected]
Date: Thursday March 20, 2008
Time: 08:00:30 -0700

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That was just Great Mr. Salahuddin.I m sure you have done a great job.But I suggest do something to spread this message through out the world. Through regular articles or youtube videos or or whatever. Only truth shall triumph. And it will be so.SathyaMeva Jayathey.May Peace be upon you and all those so called Muslims who are trying to understand the long lost mislead truth of islam.


Name: from india
Date: Saturday March 22, 2008
Time: 05:00:46 -0700

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Its really great enlightenment of a truth finder. Islam creates mental slavery and takes ptriaotism and self respect of converts.This what happened in india and over the world.


Name: this article must be sent to musian who convertd his religion.
Date: Saturday March 22, 2008
Time: 05:06:28 -0700

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Indinan gov't is giving funds to spread arab colonism by providing funds to mofarasa which teach arabbi and islam.Muslims say this is because arab culture has enriched indian culture. shame it is on them in fact they only destroyed its culture


Name: Ari Ben Canaan
Date: Wednesday April 02, 2008
Time: 04:57:29 -0700

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Dada, are you a Bong (Bengali)? that apart, awsome depth, cool head... n brilliant surgical analysis. I am proud i got to read your interview. way to go...


Name: Muhammad and the Trinity
Date: Thursday April 03, 2008
Time: 13:39:58 -0700

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Muslims find it objectionable when Christians tell them what Islam is about. Yet Muhammad is equally guilty of presumption when it comes to the trinity. While I do not believe in the trinity myself since it is not taught in the Bible (that's another subject for another time), as all are aware, this church doctrine teaches that God the Father, Christ the Son, and the holy spirit, are 3 persons in one. This is where it becomes humorous because Muhammad did not get it right as he thought the doctrine included Mary, not the holy spirit. If Muhammad thought the trinity was God, Son, and Mary, then he got it wrong which makes his "reminder" of monotheism to people who didn't believe what he thought they did, rather a moot point. He couldn't research the trinity since he was illiterate. One of his 14 wives was apparently Coptic (Egyptian Christians who are trinitarian), but he obviously did not listen to her on this subject. Finally, Allah did not correct the prophet on this matter before he opened his big mouth.


Name: BesACB
Date: Friday April 11, 2008
Time: 16:03:21 -0700

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I teach smart 11- to 18-year-olds. When they haven't investigated the foundations of their own (parental home) belief system by the time they're 15 or 16, I challenge them to do so, irrespective of whether they're Christian, Muhammadan, atheists or of any other persuasion.


Name: sadhna
Date: Saturday April 26, 2008
Time: 17:48:57 -0700

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u r indeed an intellectual. but i wanted to ask u a question i m an indian hindu. the growth rate of hindus is less than 20% while that of muslims is 36%. wat do u think will india become an islamic country ? or will bangladeshis n indian muslims embrace their indic culture n stop mocking n hating hindus? please spare some time for this troubled teenager n answer this question


Name: Naureen Ali
Date: Monday April 28, 2008
Time: 07:31:46 -0700

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You are very wrong it is YOUR way of interpreting the Quran it is your fault it you can't do it right. Another thing, music, poetry, and all that IS NOT against Islam. In fact, if you look back in history, you can see that it was a Muslim that had invented Algegra. So do research before insulting your GOD GIVEN religion.


Name: Naureen Ali
Date: Monday April 28, 2008
Time: 07:31:54 -0700

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You are very wrong it is YOUR way of interpreting the Quran it is your fault it you can't do it right. Another thing, music, poetry, and all that IS NOT against Islam. In fact, if you look back in history, you can see that it was a Muslim that had invented Algegra. So do research before insulting your GOD GIVEN religion.


Name: Re : Naureen Ali
Date: Monday April 28, 2008
Time: 13:42:16 -0700

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A Muslim did not invent algebra any more than Newton invented gravity. It is true that "Algebra" is an Arabic word, but the Arab thinkers who developed algebra did so by building on the mathematical knowledge of the Greeks many centuries earlier, and they did so IN SPITE if Islam not because of it. The so-called "Golden Age" of Islam (if it ever really existed) is long gone as, undeniably, illiteracy rates are much higher in Islamic nations than anywhere else in the world, (particularly among women).


Name: alma
Date: Wednesday April 30, 2008
Time: 20:59:10 -0700

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I am not going to criticize anything you say propeh Muhammed S.A.A.W.S said "Patience is a key to heaven". I want to leave this commenet for everyone to see that everything you think of Islam is incorect and pure lie. In Kur'an everything said is pure truth unlike Bible that every man kind can change. you can do the same write ur own bible and believe in it lol.


Name: Re : alma
Date: Thursday May 01, 2008
Time: 14:58:24 -0700

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You criticize the Bible, yet your own prophet Muhammad told his Muslim followers to read it and believe it. Isn't "Ahl al Kitab" (People of the Book) a Muslim expression referring to the commonality that Muslims claim to have with Christians because of belief in the Bible? Your criticism of the Bible goes against what Muhammad said.


Name: Rev. Alan Crane
Date: Sunday May 04, 2008
Time: 11:40:53 -0700

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I need to make one point, translations of any holy book can be altered and manipulated. Now I came across two different translations of the Quran and certain verses were different to one an other, the true way to read any holy book is surely via the original text. Anyway I was only trying to make a point not an argument! May God bless you all!


Name: sandhya
Date: Sunday May 04, 2008
Time: 20:53:18 -0700

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Thank you for your perception on Islam. For last 13 years, I was shown a very rosy picture of Islam but now, I do not find even an iota of respect for my so called Muslim husband. My hatred for islam and him has happenned gradually but the fate is certain. I hate muslims and I hate any religion that considers itself supreme.


Name: sandhya
Date: Sunday May 04, 2008
Time: 21:07:52 -0700

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extremely good article. I do not have to go by the religious book of Quran what islam is and what it is not. All I have seen about Islam and hate it now is what i have witnessed in my marraige to a very religious muslim who prays five times a day and will not start his day without reading quran. My husband calls himself moderate and flexible but Only I know how orthodox he is. All my sacrifices for this marraige were flushed down because I could not pray five times a day despite having been converted. Although, i pay zaka, have gone for Hajj, observe fast in the month of Ramadan, and believe in only one God. And also I put my foot down when it came to how many children was I going to have. When I opted for tubal ligation after an extremely depressive fourth pregnancy, my husband continued to fail to understand my predicament. Till date, I am taunted for having gone against religion and his wish. I congratulate all those ex-muslilms who actually found out the real truth that Islam is not the true religion.


Name: Guillaume
Date: Wednesday May 07, 2008
Time: 09:35:49 -0700

Comment

Look at you gays. You're full in hate. completely misunderstanding.


Name: Stéphane
Date: Wednesday May 07, 2008
Time: 09:42:42 -0700

Comment

You make me remember the skinheads, when they were trying to push people against blacks. They probably understand the job they had to do and what it is about the blacks more than you with Muslim. A little of (I hate them) and a little of (I can't stand them anymore). What's next then ? doing the crusade (holy war) job on Muslims.


Name: Re : Guillaume and Stephane
Date: Friday May 09, 2008
Time: 14:31:58 -0700

Comment

To both Guillaume and Stephane....What you call "hate" is more like a defence mechanism because Islamic forces are always moaning and whining and playing the victim and falsely accusing the West as the source of all their problems. It is true that only a small minority of them are suicidal fanatics. Nevertheless, the vast majority, including most Islamic religious leaders, remain silent regarding the violence committed by AlQuaida, Hezbollah, Hamas, and other new Islamic groups that mutate from older ones. They have had plenty of time and opportunity to protest their bretheren's actions....not just violence against the West, but even against their own fellow Muslims. But they haven't. How is their silence to be interpreted other than quiet approval? Hatred of the West seems to be a newly instituted sixth pillar of Islam in addition to the original five. The analogy to skinheads persecuting blacks does not fit because blacks were originally brought to the Americas unwillingly as slaves, whereas Muslims have emigrated to North America BY CHOICE and rather than live peaceably with the rest of a tolerant host society, they have continued their persecution complex and find something "offensive" that they demand changed everytime they turn around. Why did they bother leaving their country of origin if they wish to turn their new home country into the old one? No, I don't detect any hatred expressed by the majority of posters here; just a love of freedom and a resistance to Islamic intolerance.


Name: some one
Date: Thursday May 29, 2008
Time: 23:43:59 -0700

Comment

Good thinking. Allah, who gave sam-sam to a child, who was crying in a desert, is great and merciful. But why he closed his eyes to other poor peoples killed by war and poverty. That means that merciful God in only in the Quran, not real.


Name: Madhur Chandel
Date: Friday May 30, 2008
Time: 06:07:32 -0700

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I liked the article and i suggest the muslims who believe in hatred,racism,violence and indulges in terriost activites should take a look at it and understand the true meaning of ISLAM which has spread its wings under "SHADOW OF SWORD" and now forcing itslef on others. Leaving with Peace and Harmony with the non muslims is the basis leason every Muslims shoudl learn not just in India but everywhere in world where once they have a sizeable population start spreading message of sperate islamic nation theory. Its time they should learn some basic facts in life that peace and harmony is ultimately the true religion and the nature of every human being.


Name: Re : some one
Date: Friday May 30, 2008
Time: 12:48:43 -0700

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I disagree with you that the Koran shows Allah to be merciful. While it is true that every Sura starts with "In the name of Allah the beneficial, the merciful", (Bism Allah al rahman al raheem), the Koran shows Allah to be the opposite of merciful. The Koran descriptions of everlasting hellfire where people are tortured forever and ever, eating hot coals when they are hungry, drinking boiling water when they are thirsty, and growing new flesh to replace the burnt flesh, and to have that burnt off in an endless cycle of torture with new flesh replacing burnt flesh is not the portrait of a merciful God. Even Muhammad was far from merciful, always on the battlefield fighting and always seeking personal revenge against those who did not believe in him. This is not mercy. Muhammad's actions and the Koran's threats to unbelievers make the Koran's talk of "mercy" nothing but a joke.


Name: Re : Madhur Chandel
Date: Friday May 30, 2008
Time: 12:58:38 -0700

Comment

It is nice if Muslims learned what you say is the "true meaning of Islam" as a religion of peace and harmony, etc. But this is just wishful thinking. Do not forget...what does the flag of Saudi Arabia depict? A SWORD along with the Islamic statement "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet". A sword is a symbol of violence. The violence we see in Islam in recent years is in fact the TRUE Islam, with the violent tunnel-visioned fundamentalists applying their lessons very well in imitation of Muhammad.


Name: Rehan
Date: Sunday June 08, 2008
Time: 21:15:03 -0700

Comment

how come there is only responded positively? Muslim do not claim Muhammad was sinLESS, why did he prayed for forgiveness then? The age of ayesha isnt correct, other hadtih tell us she was atleast 2 years younger than her sister and that was about 16. And Muhammad pbuh dit not have children with his other wives, this was done for expanding islam, and give them a husband when their's died. He only had children with his first wife Khadija. U should know since u were muslim


Name: Re : Rehan
Date: Tuesday June 10, 2008
Time: 20:09:19 -0700

Comment

Of course Muhammad wasn't sinless. But Muslims by and large react to criticism of him as if they are ready to believe he was perfect. Muhammad himself could not handle rejection. You say he prayed for forgiveness. I hope God does forgive him. His life shows he had much to apologize for.


Name: Re : Rehan
Date: Wednesday June 11, 2008
Time: 02:12:42 -0700

Comment

So what is it you are trying to justify? Are you saying Ayisha was a mere 14-16 years old (not 6-9 as is claimed by other Islamic sources) when she married Mohamed in his early-to-mid 50s? Even apart from the issue of contradictory official sources, it still shows the "prophet's" perverted view of females. How can this possibly lend any credence to the claim that Islam improved the quality of life for women?


Name: the truth hurts
Date: Sunday June 15, 2008
Time: 09:16:22 -0700

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Nobody likes hearing criticism, especially when it's true. Often people that have converted into islam have done so out of greed or ignorance if not by fear of death. My question is, how will islam react if its domination does reach the entire globe? As an imperialist and totalitarian religion, what next? Because islam is such an in-group/ out-group religion, what happens if the world reaches its conversion point? I've been a tolerant person of all faiths throughout my years, but after researching about islam in my quest to justify my universal tolerance i was stunned. The ideology reminds me a lot of George Orwell's Big brother government in '1984'


Name: Re : the truth hurts
Date: Monday June 16, 2008
Time: 11:59:45 -0700

Comment

Tolerance is commendable but tolerance and patience should have reasonable limits otherwise we end up tolerating that which civilized society finds unacceptable. Ironically, Islamic activists with their persecution complex show very little tolerance themselves in the western countries where they have chosen to emigrate.


Name: Ravi Shankar S
Date: Thursday July 03, 2008
Time: 10:20:55 -0700

Comment

I always knew that there was something very wrong with the religion not by reading any of its religious texts but by observing people who follow that religion. I am shocked, repulsed and disgusted at what the religion teaches its followers!! The article was very informative! Thanks keep up the good work! Ravi


Name: Think rational not with Emotion
Date: Sunday July 06, 2008
Time: 22:19:56 -0700

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This is just a view of one person, who comes from a poverty stricken country. Abolish poverty, coz it can lead to kufur. But then again no matter how rational we are, if we read something that we like, we tends to agree with it and maybe uncontiously they become bias.


Alis Camdon
07 May 2009

A number of Muslims do not seem to understand that NOT ALL ARABS are MUSLIM they confuse the issue. Christians Arabs have never had any authority to colonize other countries in fact they have no power in any country where Islam is the dominant religion! Lebanon shares power with Christians and Muslims but is on shaky ground. Please do not confuse nationality and religion. Arab is a nationality, religion is separate, of course Muslims hardly if ever allude to Christians in their midst, it is all about them!


 
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